Aïda Muluneh And Meryl Mcmaster: Ebb And Flow

Aïda Muluneh, Denkinesh Part Three, 2016. Art Gallery of Alberta Collection, Gift of Viviane Mehr and Jay Mehr.

Aïda Muluneh And Meryl Mcmaster: Ebb And Flow

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB - To Jul 7

by Robin Laurence

This exhibition brings together two acclaimed photographic artists from diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds. Each, however, is seen to employ the many-stranded metaphor of water to highly evocative ends. Ottawa-based Meryl McMaster, of mixed Plains Cree, Métis, British and Dutch ancestry, creates costumed and performative self-portraits to explore aspects of colonialism and migration. Abidjan-based Aïda Muluneh also employs costuming and performance in her dreamlike photographs, addressing themes both ancient and contemporary in her Ethiopian homeland.

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